World Communion Sunday
In observance of World Communion Sunday, on Sunday, October 5th, we will enjoy a shared union service with our Hispanic congregation. The shared service will be held on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.

Pumpkins Coming October 11th
Our Pumpkin Patch is once again operating in October. The tentative date for the arrival of our pumpkins is Saturday, October 11th. More details will follow as we get closer to that date. Extra wheel barrows will be needed, and of course plenty of willing arms and strong backs. See you there!

Food Truck Rally Enjoyed by All
The Food Truck Rally which started at the church after services on Sunday, September 14th, was enjoyed by everyone who tried it. Food trucks served Cuban sandwiches (including a pressed and fried “Monte Castro” sandwich), funnel cakes, ice cream concoctions, and hamburgers from all around the world. Attendees from both of our services participated as well as a number of families who passed by our church.

Food trucks will be back during our Harvest Festival, planned for Saturday, November 15th. The Festival will also feature craft booths, vendor tables from vendors and charitable organizations in our neighborhood, and free flu shots courtesy of our friends at Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

Church volunteers will be needed as booth sitters, parking lot greeters, set-up and tear-down help, information providers and eating area clean-up help. We are planning an organizational meeting for the Harvest Festival after church on Sunday, October 5. Contact the church office or Bev Plett (at 349-9000) for more information, suggestions or to offer support or assistance.


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Bible Passage of the Week
Walking on the Water

Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed.

Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”

And Jesus said, “Come.”

Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down.

Matthew 14:22-32 (CEB)
Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 30
Emergency SPRC Meeting. Library, 
6:30 PM.

Wednesday, October 1
Free Spaghetti Dinner. Crichton Hall, 
6:00 PM.

Sunday, October 5
World Communion Sunday. A union service with our Hispanic congregation, Sanctuary, 10 AM.
Harvest Festival Organization Meeting. Crichton Hall, 11:15 AM.

Monday, October 6
United Methodist Women.  Library, 
7:00 PM
United Methodist Men. Crichton Hall, 
7:00 PM

Saturday, October 11
RESTORE Rummage Sale.  Church Grounds 8 AM--Noon
Pumpkins Coming to the Pumpkin Patch.  More details to follow

Tuesday, October 14
Finance Committee Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, November 4
RUMC Annual Conference.  Sanctuary, 6:45 PM.

Tuesday, November 11
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, November 15
Harvest Festival.  Throughout the church, 10 AM—5 PM.
Our Vision:
That we all may be one, so that the world may all be won.

Our Mission:
To know Christ, so that we can grow in Christ in order to show Christ to a world in need of Christ.

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Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Read or download the October,  2014 BELL Newsletter from this link.
Crafters Wanted

Riverview First United Methodist Church is seeking crafters to offer their goods for sale at our Harvest Festival, which will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 10 AM until 5 PM. The general public will be invited to purchase your wares, enjoy lunch from a variety of food trucks, and receive valuable information from community service vendors.

All types of craft work will be considered. Crafters must supply their own tents and tables. Craft spaces will be sized at 12” x 12”.

Proceeds from booth rentals will be used for United Methodist missions.

For a registration form and more information, go to this webpage.

Riverview United Methodist Church is located on the corner of U. S. Route 301 and Riverview Drive.
Bible Study and Faith Groups

If you haven’t noticed lately, there are a number of Faiths and Bible study groups operating at RUMC. Here is a partial list of small group opportunities:

The Gleaner’s Class is our longest-running, traditional Sunday school class. It is lead by Dr. Earl Lennard, and it studies the Adult Bible Studies series available from the International Bible Studies for Christian Living. This class meets every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in the library. Dewey Brown, the class president says, “There is a lot of discussion and sharing as we grow in our faith together.”

Our other adult Sunday school class is Journey, led by Connie Mosley. This class uses a variety of curriculum—much of which is supported by multi-media—and meets every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in Room #8. Journey is currently exploring “Bad Girls of the Bible.”

There is a Women’s Small Group Bible Study which meets every Monday morning in Room #6 from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM. This group, led by Diana Williams, is just beginning a study of the letter of 1 Peter called “Hope in Hurtful Times.”

Pastor Merritt Waters leads a Bible study every Wednesday evening in the library as part of our “Wonderful Wednesdays” celebration. The Pastor’s Bible study starts at 7:00 PM. This group is just starting a study of the book of Exodus.

Another “Wonderful Wednesdays” offering is the Women’s Wednesday Night Bible Study.  These ladies meet in Room #6 starting at 7:00 PM.  Sharon Cayce is currently leading a study of the book of Esther.  This is a great opportunity for ladies interested in joining a caring support group.

There are so many opportunities for small group learning and support. Sample the small group that seems convenient to you—and let your prayer and faith life grow!